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Uganda coffee exports up 35 percent

Uganda’s coffee exports rose 34.5 percent year-on-year in February to 328,643 60-kg bags on favourable weather and greater stock availability, the state-run Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) said on Tuesday.

“The higher exports were driven by two factors: we had a dry weather which helped in quickening the drying process for the beans and also since students were going back to school, farmers released more than the usual amount of stocks to earn enough money to get school fees,” said a source at UCDA.

Coffee harvest is underway in the east African nation’s central and eastern regions, which account for 55 percent of production of the beans in Africa’s top coffee exporter.
From New Vision